Holiday Gift Giving Guide: VGI Partner Edition

by Natalie Kane
Events and Outreach Intern

Victory Garden Initiative is so grateful for the businesses in our community that find delicious and special ways to collaborate with us. Together, we are creating a food system that feeds us all well.

This holiday season, we have gift suggestions to help you show them the support they have shown us:

For your favorite brunch date:

SimpleKoreanBowlSimple Café is the place to bring the brunch-lover in your life. Their seasonal menu boasts delicious breakfast plates like pumpkin pancakes and one of VGI’s perennial favorites: the Korean breakfast bowl.

Spice up someone’s life and take them to Café Corazón. They source classic Mexican deliciousness from their family farm and other local outlets, feeding heart and soul for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike in a cozy little café. They may be known for their margaritas, but their brunch is not to be missed.

Beans and Barley is a one-stop-shop for your specialty grocery needs, and a perfect brunch location, too. They have a full service deli, catering services, bakery, market, and restaurant! (We can’t get over their little alpacas this season!)

For a culinary adventure with a friend:

Café Manna is dedicated to serving fresh, made-from-scratch food. Bring your favorite foodie here to try something new like one of their exotic sandwich creations or their guacamole potato skins!

Inspired by the exotic flavors of Spain and Portugal, Amilinda offers a unique dining experience downtown or gift cards for purchase online! And check out their gorgeous Portuguese-style rooster collection—the sweetest in the city.

For an aspiring chef (or someone who needs a little help in the kitchen!):


Take a class with your friend that aspiring chef; purchase a Braise gift certificate online. Or pop in for their Odds N’ Ends Happy Hour (5-7 pm Tuesday-Thursday) and enjoy half off Braise bites at the bar!

Glorioso’s Italian Market offers daily specials, gift baskets, catering, and even culinary classes! Transport yourself and your loved ones to Italy by entering their market.

For a love that lasts through the seasons:

Visit Kasana in The Third Ward for fresh and local food or have them come to you! They bring organic and sustainable food to all the events they cater.

Meraki is a noun that is defined as the soul, creativity, or love put into something. Give the gift of their ever-changing menu selection filled with soul.


Can’t get your loved one a trip to France this holiday season? Stay in the Milwaukee area—Le Rêve has you covered. Le Rêve serves traditional French bistro breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can’t miss their pastries.

For the health nut:

Wildflour Bakery makes the yummiest healthy treats. Check them out online or in one of their four locations all around Milwaukee to give the wholesome gift of fresh baked goods.

Want to send delicious, healthy meals to someone you love? Purchase them Fresh Packs (ready-made, healthy, wholesome meals) from Urban Caveman and they’ll never be hungry!

For your holiday party guests:

If you’re throwing a holiday party or hosting a corporate event, check out Ball ’N Biscuit Catering. They’ll make whatever dish you want (even your Grandma’s secret recipes), or choose from their menus!


Patra EcoDinnerware makes compostable, 100% natural dinnerware from fallen leaves that both your holiday party guests and the Earth will love.

Serve Martha’s Pimento Cheese to your guests. It’s perfect as an appetizer with crackers and can also be used as an ingredient in some very tasty dishes like pimento cheese burgers or pimento cheese and pumpernickel sandwiches!

Purple Door Ice Cream can make your party different and special this year by catering ice cream to your guests. They make over 130 flavors of ice cream (including seasonal eggnog, gingerbread, 3and peppermint), ice cream cakes, and ice cream sandwiches that guests of all ages are sure to enjoy!

For yourself and your family – because everyone deserves some lovin’:

One of our staff members loves to send a New Year card—what a nice holiday tradition! Clark Graphics can help with all your printing needs. In fact, they help us with all of ours!

Look to Community Building and Restoration for all of your home improvement needs. They are locally owned and pay special attention to your needs. No job is too big or small!

Share in the comments if you do your holiday shopping at any of these wonderful places!

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